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The battle of Guantanamo

guantanamoI suppose I’m just naive. With nearly every state clamoring about a loss of jobs why aren’t more states raising their hands and saying, “Yes, we’d like those detainees in my state. Give us the money to build the prison and we’ll house them forever.” Actually, Colorado is asking for them.

If I’m Jennifer Granholm, I’d lobby to build a new Supermax prison in Saginaw or Flint. A billion for my state as well as $200 million per year to look after them? Sign me up!

It’s silly to make the inference that somehow these detainees will be allowed into general population. Just like its silly to assume that the country is somehow more safe because they are in Cuba vs. them being in the United States. It’s a prison. It’s not like they are going to walk out and get jobs! There aren’t any jobs to be had!

Of course, there are real reasons to keep them off of U.S. soil. If they are brought to the United States it implies that they are legally detained. I think there is an open debate as to whether the United States can legally detain people indefinitely.

Should Guantanamo be closed? It’s become a symbol of how the Bush administration handled the war on terror. For that reason Obama wants it gone.  He wants to fight terrorism in a different way. ItClosing it doesn’t really solve the problem… but Obama is now caught in a catch-22. He now has the information he didn’t have when he made the campaign promise to close it. But now if he doesn’t close it he has to admit that Bush was right to have it there in the first place.

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Pause, Remember, Resolve

It seems with each passing year the resolve remains that we should not forget that day, September 11th 2008. Here’s a comment I left on Ray Pritchard’s blog last year about the day. Ray was our pastor then and in some ways he is still our pastor today.

Like many other Calvary folks, my wife and I were in the city at work. I went to work at 4:00 AM that day, just like any other day. I took my lunch break from 6:30-7:30 AM and on my way back I remember looking up at the Sears Tower and making a mental note about the crystal blue sky that morning. It was a beautiful day in Chicago.

Like everyone else, we were sent home about 9:30 that morning. As we crawled through traffic to get home we listened to the radio, made lots of phone calls to check on friends, and went and picked up our daughter from the babysitter early.

We were at church that night praying with a lot of other people. I guess, like the staff, we didn’t know what else to do but come together and pray. I remember thinking that morning… will they have a prayer meeting tonight? Maybe we should call the church? But we didn’t because we knew there would be. I guess you guys just had the people’s pulse and knew what we needed.

My friend Patti Gibbons shared a reflection that I published on the YS blog today, I encourage you to check that out as well.